Search Tag: AF

ICU Management

Practice variation in managing AF during critical illness

2018 24 Apr

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered in the intensive care unit. Pre-existing AF is highly prevalent among older patients with chronic conditions who are at risk for critical illness, while new-onset AF can be triggered by accelerated atrial remodelling and arrhythmogenic triggers encountered during critical illness. However,... Read more

Cardiology Management

Current Models Do Not Predict Atrial Fibrillation Risk Accurately

2016 17 Oct

In a study published in the JAMA Cardiology , Darbar and colleagues found that the risk prediction model for atrial fibrillation (AF) developed by investigators on the Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology-Atrial Fibrillation (CHARGE-AF) trial does not accurately predict incidence of the condition.   Various risk models have been... Read more

ICU Management

High Incidence of New-Onset AF in the ICU

2015 25 Apr

A new study shows that new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia in the ICU, occurred in approximately 5 to 15 percent of all non-cardiac critically ill patients — a figure exceeding previous estimates. Also, hospital mortality in new-onset AF patients was higher than that of patients without AF, according to the study published in the... Read more

IT Management

Mobile Apps for Tracking Heart Health

2014 03 Sep

Two mobile applications that allow patients to track heart health from home have recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These mobile apps are from two Silicon Valley startups, AliveCor and Vital Connect, according to an EIN News article. AliveCor said it has obtained the FDA's approval to detect serious heart conditions... Read more

Cardiology Management

Study: Perioperative AF Impacts Stroke Risk

2014 12 Aug

Patients experiencing atrial fibrillation (AF) while hospitalised for surgery have an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, more so following noncardiac surgery, according to results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) . Data show that AF and flutter affect some 33 million people around the world.... Read more

Cardiology Management

Delayed Cardioversion Increases Thromboembolic Risk

2014 12 Aug

Correcting an abnormal cardiac rhythm from atrial fibrillation (AF) should be done urgently, according to recent findings which observed that delaying such action could lead to increased risk of thromboembolic complications. A study, seen in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) , noted that a 12-hour delay... Read more

ICU Management

P-wave Morphology and Ischemic Stroke

2014 04 Aug

A recent study has found an association between baseline P-wave morphology and subsequent ischemic stroke risk. The study was led by Hooman Kamel, MD, Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. It was published online in Stroke . Emerging data already suggests that left atrial disease may be a cause of ischemic stroke in the... Read more

Cardiology Management

FCVB 2014: Atrial Defibrillation Without Electric Shock

2014 07 Jul

Electric shocks are effective in treating atrial fibrillation (AF) but they are painful and eventually stop working when AF becomes chronic. A new shockless method of defibrillation returns sinus rhythms to normal using optogenetics. Depolarising ion channels are genetically inserted into the heart and can be activated by light during AF episodes.... Read more

Cardiology Management

Electrical Energy Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Potentially Viable Alternative to Medication

2014 19 Feb

Treatment using electrical energy, opposed to medications, could be a viable first option for the treatment of certain type of Atrial Fibrillation  According to a study published in the February 19 issue of JAMA, treatment with electrical energy (radiofrequency ablation) administered to patients with untreated paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial... Read more

Cardiology Management

Delayed Enhancement MRI Useful For Determining Arrhythmia Treatment

2014 05 Feb

Heart tissue scarring measured non-invasively may help in  determining patients most suitable for procedure to treat irregular heart beat According to a study published in the February 5 issue of Jama  scarring of tissue in the upper chamber of the heart (atrium) was associated with recurrent rhythm disorder after treatment.   Left atrial... Read more